Insights

Our Latest Insights

Here you can read the latest on news, events, stories, and blog posts.

Films / November 11th, 2022

Building Self-Belief CIO~Tow Law Primary School WW1 Heritage Lottery Project

On Remembrance Day we would like to reshare our fabulous World War 1 Project with Tow Law Millenium Primary School. It was a project that truly captured the spirit of Remembrance.

Blog / October 26th, 2022

I Don't See You as Disabled

"I don't see you as being disabled", said my friend at dinner the other night. The reactions of my other friends at the table were a clue they had said something inappropriate, but they weren't sure what. When we got home that night, they messaged me with a puzzled apology. I'd like to share with you my response.Our fabulous Trustee, Claire Dellar explains how proud she is to be disabled.

Blog / October 5th, 2022

Celebrating Black History

Celebrate, Educate, Inspire – Our Trustee Gary Jones has been invited to a special reception at Parliament on the 26th October 2022 to celebrate Black History Month.

Blog / September 16th, 2022

Never Again!

As we approach winter 2022 with an energy crisis looming - here's a story from my youth that acts as a warning of the perils linked to using a hot water bottle.

Films / July 15th, 2022

North Shields Fish Quay Community Heritage Project | Christ Church C of E Primary School

During the summer term of 2022, we were thrilled to deliver our Heritage Programme to the children of Christ Church C of E Primary School. During this programme, the children researched the way that North Shields Fish Quay, and the local fishing industry, has shaped the lives of local people over hundreds of years.

Blog / July 5th, 2022

'Let's Create' Platinum Jubilee Project

Building Self-Belief CIO supported Tow Law Millennium Primary School, County Durham, and the wider Community in a range of creative and cultural activities to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.

Films / August 22nd, 2022

The Meadow Well Teenage | Community Links & Aspirations Programme

Building Self-Belief CIO delivered a twelve-week programme for ten Year 9 girls, selected by the Head of Year, at Norham High School. Our Wellbeing Programme has helped the girls learn how to build better friendships, have a better understanding of how others are feeling and become integral members of the local Meadow Well Community.

Blog / May 5th, 2022

Helen Cowan | Founder of The Tall Wall and Executive Coach

Helen describes how her positions at KPMG evolved into her creating her own company as a collective of executive coaches. She gives young people brilliant advice about how to create a positive approach to embarking on a career.

Blog / March 16th, 2022

Empowering Consett’s Youth

Building Self-Belief’s mission as a charity it to empower young people and give them the strategies and the self-belief to take ownership of their lives. Our mission is to “Build Stronger Communities through Building Self-Belief’ and we feel that a strong Youth Panel is the perfect way to give young people a voice and ensure that they have a say in their own community.

Blog / February 14th, 2022

New Boundaries for Young People?

Urgent action is needed in society and schools to support the sexual education of our young people.

Blog / January 11th, 2022

Dealing With Anxiety

At aged 11, my son suffered a breakdown of mental health, and was off school for pretty much 4 years. He has never spoken about what he has been through these last few years openly, but yesterday wrote a blog and presented me with his account, and wanted it shared. This is his story.

Blog / February 2nd, 2022

Greyhound Bus Moments

The Article in The Observer concentrates on film Greyhound Bus Moments, but I thought I would share with you all my own personal experience of Greyhound buses.

Blog / April 15th, 2021

Mitch Donaldson and Becky Bartram | Drama School and Acting as a Career

Mitch Donaldson and Becky Bartram tell us about their route into training as actors and in stage combat. They describe the highs and lows of an acting career, including the process of getting into Drama School and the auditioning process for getting acting work. A fascinating insight into acting as a profession.

Blog / June 22nd, 2021

Lauren Brown | Junior Doctor

Dr Lauren Brown gives us a brilliant insight into the role of a junior doctor. Her journey through the application process for Medicine, the course, the choices within the course, the opportunities to work abroad and the social events that support the success of the students.

Podcasts / August 30th, 2021

Ben Straughan | Haines Watts Graduate Programme

Ben is a great example of someone who has worked really hard to get exactly where he would like to be. Having completed his degree, he has recently started on a graduate programme at the accountancy firm Haines Watts. He gives young people a great insight into the attitude and the approach needed to be successful.

Podcasts / September 20th, 2021

Michael Cole | Associate Partner, Haines Watts

Michael Cole describes his career journey in finance and accountancy. He tells us all about his wide ranging experiences in the finance sector and how this has led him to his current position as Associate Partner at the Newcastle branch of Haines Watts. Michael has some great advice for young people considering a career in finance.